Founding Partner, DINAMO CONSULTING
Middle East Director, UNIVERSUM
Kuran has a BA in English Language & Literature at Hacettepe University and an Executive MBA degree at Sabancı University. She co-founded Dinamo Consulting in 2006 and has been working on generational studies and employer branding ever since.
Kuran has worked with many local and global employer brands in various industries such as finance, energy, FMCG, pharmaceuticals, education, automotive, retail, etc. She is the Middle East Director of world’s leading employer branding research and consulting company, Universum. Besides, she is a certified partner of CultureTalk Archetypal Survey System. She is also the creator and the curator of the region’s biggest employer branding conference, People Make the Brand since 2013.
Besides her career as a consultant, she is also a keynote speaker and a columnist and her articles are published at certain national and global publications and portals. She is currently commuting between Dinamo’s Toronto and Istanbul offices.
Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board, UNIVERSUM
As the Global Director, Claudia Tattanelli leads the strategic development for the Universum brand with a strong focus on business development as well as client and partnership expansion.
Previously Claudia was the CEO of Nova Global as well as CEO of Universum’s American and Asia/Pacific operations of Universum Group, which today includes the subsidiary groups of Universum Communications, Springboardr, and WetFeet. With over 15 years experience in employer branding, Claudia has extensive experience from the global recruitment scene working with many of the world’s largest companies and organizations, including a majority of the Fortune 100 firms, on their employer branding and recruitment strategies.
As a thought leader in employer branding, Claudia has been quoted in top publications around the world including Businessweek, The New York Times, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, Washington Post and The Economist speaking on topics ranging from diversity and women recruitment issues to the war for recruiting and retaining top talent. She has also been featured as a guest on Fox TV, Bloomberg and CNBC’s Morning Call. Before entering the recruitment and employer branding world Claudia, who is also known as Chloe, was working at Sotheby’s N.Y. She grew up in Florence, Italy where she also attended both the faculties of Law and Philosophy at the "Universita ́degli studi di Firenze”
Vice Chairman, ECZACIBAŞI HOLDING
President, TURKEY INFORMATIC FOUNDATION
Born in Istanbul in 1954, Faruk Eczacıbaşı is a graduate of the Istanbul German Lycee and Berlin Technical University’s School of Management, where he earned his undergraduate and MBA degrees. Faruk Eczacıbaşı began his professional career in planning department of Eczacıbaşı Group in 1980. After working in the United States for several years, he came back to Turkey and undertake the position of General Manager at Padeko Pharma and Chemicals followed by Planning and Projects VP position at Eczacıbaşı Pharmaceuticals.
Faruk Eczacıbaşı lead the computerisation of Eczacıbaşı Group by serving as the Chief Executive of ‘Eczacıbaşı Information Transmission’ and managed the e-transformation process of the group.
He is the Vice Chairman of Eczacıbaşı Group since 1996. At the same time he is working at the President of Turkish Informatic Foundation, which was established in 1995 with the vision of transforming Turkey into a information society. He has helped to prepare various research reports and contributed to the shaping of public policy.
Some of these are;
• Serving at the e-Transformation Executive Board established by the e-Transformation Turkey
• Establishing jointly with the Turkish Business and Industry Association (TÜSİAD) Turkey’s first and only private sector awards for the public sector, the e-Turkey Awards.
• Participating in national efforts to align Turkey’s legislation with the EU Acquis Communautaire.
• Helping to establish Turkey’s first company providing legal and technical infrastructure for secure e-commerce and e-government.
• Working to generate public consensus in favor of EU internet standards in place of internet surveillance.
Faruk Eczacıbaşı is also President of the Eczacıbaşı Sports Club, a position he has held since 1999. Eczacıbaşı Women Voleyball Team gained World Championship twice and carried Turkey to the Most succesful country Womens World Voleyball Championship. 3 Europe, 9 Turkish League and 8 Cup League titles were earned during that time.
DR. SÜHA TAŞPOLATOĞLU
CEO, ABDİ İBRAHİM
Dr. Süha Taşpolatoğlu has been working as the CEO of Abdi İbrahim İlaç Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. since June 2013. Dr. Taşpolatoğlu, who is a graduate of Ankara University Faculty of Medicine, served as a Physician in the Ministry of Health between 1986 and 1989. He has undertaken senior level responsibilities in the sales and marketing departments of a variety of national and international pharmaceutical companies after starting out in his career in 1990.
Dr. Süha Taşpolatoğlu, who served successfully in his managerial position in the Abdi İbrahim Sales and Marketing departments between 2001 and 2009 moved up to the position of Sales and Marketing General Manager and between 2009 and 2013 worked as the General Manager of Roche Turkey. Taşpolatoğlu, who was born in Adana in 1961 is married and has two children.
Founder & Managing Partner, FUTUREBRIGHT RESEARCH
He was member of Grey Group Worldwide’s global strategy council member. He left Grey and formed FutureBright Group. Today FutureBright is among the fastest growing companies in Turkey.
The group has reached a portfolio of over 300 brands. He is a TED and Intel TechTALKS speaker. He is a multiple Golden Effie receiver. UK's Daily Telegraph has covered a story on his strategic thinking.
DR. KEREM DÜNDAR
After completing his medicine training in Gülhane Medical Military Academy, Uz. Dr. Dündar has done scholarship, administration, coaching and medical science in different health facilities.
In the times where he completed his specialty by making his doctorate on brain studies in GATA Biophysics, he has done experimental and clinical studies in psychiatry, neurology and psychology. He has developed many applications in acupuncture, hypnosis, family therapy, behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, sexual therapy, neurotherapy and neuro-feedback.
Combining modern medicine, traditional medicine, updated technology, therapy systems and neuroscience with the completing neuro-approach he developed, Dr. Kerem’s individual counseling number is over twenty thousand in the subjects of performance, success, happiness, psychological health and communication.
In addition to being the founder of Neuro Health Brain Education Study Application Center, he has been giving training with the companies that he cooperates and maintains to do his applications and giving individual neuroconsultancy. He does stage shows about neuroscience in institutional schools and universities.
General Manager, ADEL
Evrim was graduated from İzmir Bornova Anatolian High School and earned her BS in Management Engineering from İstanbul Technical University. She started her career as a marketing representative at Anadolu Group in 1997 right after her graduation. She has completed her executive MBA at Sabancı University in 2004, with the scholarship from Anadolu Group.
She worked in brand management, marketing, trade marketing and sales departments at Anadolu Efes for 9 years and fulfil the position of marketing director position for Russia operations for the last 2.5 years.
She is serves as the General Manager of Adel, the top of mind company when it comes to pencil and stationary, since 2012. The first Turkish executive who was elected as the president of EPMA (European Pencil Manufacturer's Association), Evrim Hizaler, was elected president for the second time in 2017.
Global Vice President of Strategy, UNIVERSUM
Richard Mosley is Global VP of Strategy at the global talent research and employer branding firm Universum. He is widely recognized as one of the leading world authorities on employer brand development and management. This has involved a significant focus on core values, employee engagement and culture change as well as the more externally focused dimensions of external reputation and talent attraction. His first book, ‘The Employer Brand’, has become a global best-seller, and the sequel: ‘Employer Brand Management: Practical Lessons from the World’s Best Employers’ was published in September 2014. His third book, Employer Branding for Dummies, co-writed with Lars Schmitd was published in 2017.
His thinking draws on over 25 years’ experience in both brand management and HR consulting. Richard has led major employer brand development projects for Bacardi, BP, Coca-Cola, DSM, Ferrero, GSK, HSBC, Lafarge, LEGO, L’Oreal, JTI, Met Life, Nokia-Siemens, PepsiCo, RBS, Santander and Unilever. Richard is a regular key note speaker and chairman at employer brand events around the world and lecturing at Employer Branding Academy which takes place in Turkey twice a year.
Founding Partner, CULTURE TALK
Cynthia Forstmann collaborates with clients to create cultures, brands and communication programs that stand up to modern demands for transparency and truth. She leads training and development programs that enhance self-awareness, emotional intelligence, leadership effectiveness and conflict resolution.
Across her career, her work has centered on the application of Carl Jung’s psychological Archetypes as a framework for understanding and evolving behavior in individuals and groups. She studied with Jungian researcher, Carol Pearson, Ph.D., and played a key role in architecting the CultureTalkTMSystem, a suite of culture and personality assessments, workshops and engagements.
Cynthia has certified an international community of executive coaches, and HR, OD and brand professionals to use the CultureTalk System in their engagements.
She is also a co-founder of Allegory, a brand and communications firm that served as a proving ground for Archetypes over 20 years. She has led internationally award-winning rebranding projects, and designed strategic communication and team-building programs to recruit, retain and engage top talent.
Cynthia holds a BA in Psychology from Villanova University, as well as a Masters in Positive Psychology and Certificate in Instructional Design from Marymount University. She lives with her family in Denver, CO and loves to explore the world through skiing, biking, travel and yoga.
Editor in Chief, HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW TURKEY
Born in 1976 in Istanbul, Serdar Turan holds B.Sc in Engineering and MBA in management. He is the co-founder of Infomag Publishing Group, one of the leading media and publishing houses in Turkey. He has actively overseen the launch and operations of Bloomberg Businessweek (2005) and Harvard Business Review (2012) magazines and still acting as Editor in Chief for both magazines.